Tyron McKinney to lead 2018 Junior Men's National Team

Feb. 07, 2017, 4:40 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today that Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio) has been selected as the Head Coach for the 2018 USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team (JMNT).  Selected by members of the USA Softball Men’s National Team Selection Committee (MNTSC), McKinney will lead the 17-athlete roster that will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Men’s World Championship (JMWC) July 7-15, 2018 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.

“Thank you to USA Softball and the Men’s National Team Selection Committee for selecting me to lead the 2018 USA Softball JMNT,” said McKinney.  “I am very excited, humbled and honored to represent our country again and work with these young men to get them ready to or someday play in the Men’s National Team Program.  Thank you to everyone who has supported me and continues to support me.  It’s time to start the medal hunt as we begin this new era for the USA Softball JMNT program.”
McKinney, a five-time USA Softball First Team All-American, recently completed his first season as an Assistant Coach with the USA Softball Junior Men’s National Team Program.  As a member of the coaching staff, McKinney helped the U.S. to a fifth place finish at the WBSC JMWC in Midland, Mich.  McKinney worked primarily with the pitching staff, which issued a total of 57 strikeouts and combined for a 2.68 ERA over the course of seven games.  McKinney also served as an Assistant Coach for the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) during their time at the 2016 Japan Cup.

McKinney has experience as a player, both at the National and International level.  A member of the 1997 USA Softball JMNT, McKinney also represented the Red, White and Blue as an athlete on the Men’s National Team (MNT) from 2009-2011.  Prior to his time on the U.S. roster, McKinney claimed four USA Softball National Championships: the 1999 and 2000 Men’s 23-Under Fast Pitch National Championship, the 2001 Men’s Class B Fast Pitch National Championship and the 2002 Men’s 23-Under Fast Pitch National Championship.

McKinney has served as an Assistant Coach at Morehead State University (Morehead, Ky.), Asbury University (Wilmore, Ky.) and Pleasure Ridge Park High School before joining the Adam LaLonde USA Softball Training Academy in Huntington, W. Va. as an instructor.  McKinney currently resides in Huntington, and is the father of 11-year old daughter Takiah. 

For the latest information on all of the USA Softball National Teams visit www.USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org